Bury St Edmunds Library gets great feedback on Alice in Wonderland celebrations

Four-year-old Holly Vernon as Alice
Four-year-old Holly Vernon as Alice
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More than 250 children, parents and grandparents joined in the fun of celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

The fun day, hosted by Bury Library to celebrate the 1865 publication of the Lewis Carroll novel, saw a host of Alice-themed activities take place in the Abbey Gardens.

Story time

Story time

Visitors were able to enjoy story telling with different versions of the book being read to different age groups, crafts which included making rabbit ears, face painting and games provided by the Bury croquet and Bury chess clubs.

Participants were rewarded with bakewell tarts - and the best bit of all is everything was free due to support from The Bay Tree Café Bistro, Raspberry Rascals and the Friends of Bury Library.

Neil Holmes, manager of Bury Library, said he had particularly enjoyed seeing up to three generations of some families getting their faces painted.

“It was very much a family event and everybody who was there got involved, he said.

Two-year-old Laszio Nand-Chercoles with dad, Ritesh Nand, playing croquet

Two-year-old Laszio Nand-Chercoles with dad, Ritesh Nand, playing croquet

“There was no call for people to come dressed up but quite a few did which was really lovely,” he added.

Mr Holmes said feedback on the event had been so positive that he would certainly be looking to do something similar next year with another book.

“There was too much enthusiasm to not look at doing something similar next year,” he said.